Another pandemic ‘Absolutely Inevitable,’ must find better way: UK's Chief Scientific Adviser

According to the sources, Sir Patrick Vallance highlighted the need for the better surveillance to deal with situations.

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Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK's Chief Scientific Adviser, has indeed stressed the inevitability of future pandemics. His warnings underline the ongoing threat posed by infectious diseases and the need for sustained global vigilance and preparedness. According to The Guardian, speaking at the Hay festival, Vallance acknowledged the upcoming election but also underlined the urgency of ‘sorting out’ critical issues.

According to the sources, he highlighted the need for the better surveillance to be able to pick things up. He also reiterated what he said to G7 leaders in 2021, that “we need to be much faster, much more aligned – and there are ways to do this – at getting rapid diagnostic tests, rapid vaccines, rapid treatments, so that you don’t have to go into the extreme measures that took place” during the Covid-19 pandemic. The measures he recommends are possible to implement, Vallance believes, but “require some coordination”.

One of the "positive steps" being taken, he said, was the World Health Organization's campaign for the pandemic accord, a proposed agreement for countries to coordinate on pandemic preparedness. "However, I don't believe there is enough focus," he stated. As the saying goes, "We will be in the same situation, and I hope that is a key outcome of the inquiry." This topic would remain off the G7 and G20 agendas.

He also mentioned that we "must find a better way" to conduct inquiries, pointing out issues with their efficiency and speed.

It is worth to be noting that efforts to strengthen public health systems, enhance surveillance capabilities, and invest in research and development for vaccines and treatments are crucial in mitigating the impact of future pandemics. Collaboration between nations and across sectors is essential to effectively respond to and manage these complex challenges.